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Hundreds, if not thousands, of bowling alleys have closed over the past 20-30 years. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/05/10/bowling-final-frames-roll/27070351/
Quote from: David_Tepper on March 02, 2023, 10:42:22 AMHundreds, if not thousands, of bowling alleys have closed over the past 20-30 years. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/05/10/bowling-final-frames-roll/27070351/I've personally witnessed the demise of three of the four bowling alleys in our area go out of business the past 15 years. The most recent being a place down the road from my office where I bowled in a league for a span of five years. It's in the process of being converted into a TESLA dealership. This is what happens to sports when they no longer attract enough of a younger audience to fill the vacancies left behind by older generations.
Bowling alleys have indeed seen a reduction in count, yet more importantly a consolidation. Those that invested in newer technology, experiential entertainment features and better F&B offerings have survived quite nicely and many have been swallowed up by Bowlero Corp, a publicly-listed entity that is growing incredibly well. We will see something similar in the off-course golf entertainment field. The likes of a TopGolf will eventually subsume a Driveshack, etc....
Only negative in my experience is the Achilles/calf injuries we had early on. Each of us now knows that it is a good idea to stretch well before playing.
Question. Is this a sport that's here to stay or is it fad that will eventually diminish in popularity as older generations die off? My concern is if young people don't embrace pickleball in significant numbers, what becomes of all the infrastructure being built to accommodate play? Do they become shuffleboard courts? LOL!
Elders need the noise of the pickleball to help determine where the ball is coming from and its speed. None of us would want to play golf with a silent ball. Sound is an essential component of feel.
Quote from: John Kavanaugh on March 02, 2023, 04:09:14 PMElders need the noise of the pickleball to help determine where the ball is coming from and its speed. None of us would want to play golf with a silent ball. Sound is an essential component of feel.You're right about sound, but friends that live across the street from converted tennis courts hate the noise.
I have never heard of pickle, paddle or padel 🙈. Ciao
As a preface, Iíve never played pickleball. There are four city courts less than 50 yards from my house and Iíve never heard noise I would consider objectionable.Isnít the purpose of a country club to provide a place for people to socialize and engage in various recreational pursuits ranging from golf to tennis, from swimming toÖpickleball? Itís absurd to me as a member of such a club to complain about the noises associated with these pursuits. Are we going to stop our children from shrieking with joy as they jump off the diving board? Are we going to re-engineer the diving board to eliminate its reverberations? Disallow splashing? Are we going to limit the number of cars driving on roads adjoining our clubs because they make too much noise? Címon everyone. Pickleball will probably develop noise-deadening rackets and a softer ball without degrading the game. Until then, letís play our golf while absorbing the audible profanities from our playing partners. Allow our non-golfing fellow members to enjoy their favorite activity and meet them socially afterwards.
I'm waiting for the golf course architecture element of this discussion to kick in.....